One of our favorite things to do at the holiday time is drive or walk around the neighborhood and enjoy all the wonderful light displays. Every year we put together a map of Willow Glen Charm’s favorites. This is a growing map of homes so if you know of a home that makes you say ‘WOW’ please email the address to Holly@HollyBarr.com
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Check out this cool map of San Jose from 1951, published by Shell Oil back when gas stations were the best way to find your way around! I know that’s 60 years ago, but I was still surprised how small San Jose was back then!
Based on where tightly packed residential streets give way to wide open tracts of land, it looks like the developed “city” pretty much ended at Husted, and there wasn’t a heck of a lot of stuff built out beyond the Middle/High school campus. Also nothing between us and the cemetary/fairgrounds. Willow Glen was pretty much a southern peninsula that extended out from the main area of the city.
Check out the high-resolution interactive map
Willow Glen used to be its own city, but in 1936, Willow Glen residents voted 978 to 871 in favor of annexing to San Jose. The main reason had to do with Willow Glen’s poor sewage system. There was no citywide sewage system; rather, individual septic tanks were located beneath each home. Annexing to San Jose was the cheapest solution to Willow Glen’s sewage problems.